Vital Voices Northwest Council

Building an Active Supporter Base

Vital Voices is committed to building an active supporter base in regions across the United States and Europe to establish partnership opportunities with local individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to support the advancement of women’s leadership worldwide.


Rosita Van Coevorden, MD, Vital Voices Board Member

Valerie Wasserman, Strategic Partnerships, Advisor and Connector

Tracy Webster, Community Volunteer


Council Members

Leslie Decker, Regional Advisor, GLM Education

Effie Gleason, Manager of Marketing and Advertising at Gull Industries and Iron Springs Resort

Olive Goh, Citi Bank

Silke Johnstone, Executive, Boeing Company

Catherine St-Laurent, Director of Communications, Pivotal Ventures

Rasha Qamheyeh Zeine, Director of Business Development and Investor Relations, Ossia

Susan Long-Walsh, Senior Talent Acquisition, Gates Foundation

Marcia Richards, RN, Community Volunteer

Kelli Stewart, Synergy Construction

Nora Zehar, Community Volunteer

Recent Events

October 8, 2016:

Vital Voices Seattle Evening Gala

On October 8th the Vital Voices Northwest Council hosted its First Annual Vital Voices Seattle event at the Museum of History and Industry. The evening featured a cocktail reception, silent auction, seated dinner, and program, which brought together in conversation Dr. Victoria Kisyombe, Founder of the micro-credit firm Selfina, Samar Minnallah Khan, a filmmaker, anthropologist, and activist for women’s rights, Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Philanthropy in Microsoft’s Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs department, Jonathan Sposato, Chairman of and CEO of PicMonkey, and Academy Award-winner, Sally Field.


April 2016:

“Maker’s: Once and for All” Movie Screening and Wine Reception


March 2016:       

Seattle Mentoring Walk 

In March 2016 over 200 women from Seattle joined together to participate in the Seattle Vital Voices Mentoring Walk. Fo
r nearly ten years, these global walks have connected established women leaders and a rising generation of aspiring leaders to foster women’s leadership through mentoring. This year there are 87 walks planned in 59 countries around the world.



March 2016:

Vital Voices Dinner Featuring Alyse Nelson and Hafsat Abiola (Nigeria). Hosted by Olive Goh and Citi

In March, 2016 Olive Goh and Citi hosted a Vital Voices dinner at Chateau Ste. Michelle.  The dinner featured Alyse Nelson, President and CEO of Vital Voices and Hafsat Abioloa, a pro-democracy activist and political representative fostering women’s leadership in Nigeria and throughout Africa.

January 2016:

Difret” Movie Screening and Wine Reception

October 2015:

3rd Annual Northwest Luncheon

On October 16, 2015 the Vital Voices Northwest Council hosted the 3rd annual Northwest Luncheon at Hyatt Olive 8. The luncheon featured Chouchou Namegabe Dubisson, a pioneering, fearless voice for justice and accountability in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


July 2015:

Documentary film screening: “India’s Daughter”

On July 30, the Vital Voices Northwest Council hosted the Seattle Premier of the award winning documentary, India’s Daughter. India’s Daughter is a powerful platform for cultural change on a global scale. The event featured Leslee Udwin, director and producer of India’s Daughter.  

March 2015:

Global Mentoring Walk

On March 8, 2015, International Women’s Day, the Vital Voices Northwest Council hosted a successful Global Mentoring Walk. Their walk was one of over 70 walks held in over 50 countries worldwide.

January 2015:

Vital Voices Reception – Featuring Ambassador Craig Johnstone


November 2014:              

 2nd Annual Northwest Luncheon

On Friday, November 14, 2014 the Vital Voices Northwest Council hosted the 2nd Annual Northwest Luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel. The event featured Diane von Furstenberg, fashion designer, entrepreneur and activist, and Sunitha Krishnan, Co-Founder of Prajwala, and organization in Hydrabad, India, that rescues women and children from brothels and provides the children of prostitutes with quality education.